If you live in one of the UK’s 15 National Parks you’re in luck, after a deal has finally been agreed to ensure mobile phone coverage is improved in the wildlife-friendly regions.
The Parks have long been an area of near complete disconnection in terms of mobile coverage thanks to the lack of mobile phone masts in the areas, which are heavily protected by the government, restricting construction in the regions.
An impasse has been found though, with both the National Parks and mobile phone operators set to work together to boost the signal across the isolated areas whilst not disturbing the tranquillity of the aforementioned areas.
This obviously spells great news for those living in the out of reach areas that are in desperate need of mobile coverage whilst also being friendly to the local wildlife and landscape features.
Currently, National Parks count for a total of 10% of England’s land mass, with parks like Exmoor, Dartmoor, the New Forest, South Downes, the Broads, the Peak District, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and Northumberland National Park all set to see improvements.
Parks in Scotland and Wales will also be seeing the signal boosting methods utilised, meaning it isn’t just English sufferers who’ll be getting helped out.
Details as to how signal will be boosted haven’t been confirmed yet, but it could see mobile ‘super-masts’ constructed just outside the parks, masts with an increased level of coverage that could be capable of covering the areas.
Another idea includes building smaller, less obtrusive masts in the middle of woodlands and having them look like the surrounding trees and foliage, similar to some masts built in other areas, but this idea might not be seen as keeping the tranquillity of the area uncompromised.
Criticism of the use of mobile phone masts in rural areas has been a constant issue, with some groups claiming that they create unnecessary eyesores on landscapes as well as generating noise pollution, but support for these causes has dwindled in recent years as technological reliance continues to grow.
Naturally, some of these groups have moved against the deal, claiming that mobile networks could damage the wildlife located in the areas, but there is still no evidence to link mobile networks with wildlife issues.
Currently, many people in National Parks and other rural areas struggle to find connection at home, so often favour landline telephones, with many users still living with dial-up internet connections or a lack of internet whatsoever.
This deal will bring park bosses face to face with mobile network companies to collude and draft ideas to help serve less connected users, with many unusual and innovative ideas to be considered to remedy the issue.
For now though, it looks like there is light at the end of the mobile network tunnel for residents of the UK’s National Parks, even though there has been no promise of a signal boost date as of yet.
Written by Luke Hatfield